There are so many places to see and things to do which surround Belmount Hall. We thought we would put together our favourite places to visit during your stay with us.
The picturesque traditional village of Hawkshead is top of many Lake District visitors’ must-see lists. With winding, cobbled car-free streets and a selection of shops, cafés and inns, you can also get great views of the surrounding fells from the Church just outside the village.
The Beatrix Potter gallery hosts original sketches and paintings of Peter Rabbit and his friends, and the Old Hawkshead Grammar School still has William Wordsworth’s name carved into a wooden desk.
Find out more on the below website – The gallery opens from March 27th 2022.
You will also find traditional pubs to stop in for lunch within Hawkshead, including The Queens Head & The Kings Arms.
A lovely walk that can be taken direct from Belmount Hall – When you reach the top you will find great views of Windermere and with it being just over a 3 mile round trip, it is suitable for all abilities.
Ambleside is a small town just 15 minutes drive away from Belmount Hall and has now become a major tourist resort with shops, restaurants and a cinema. The town is awash with historical origins with both Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth having links to Ambleside.
Within Ambleside you will find Wray Castle which is a National Trust owned Gothic Revival castle on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers, informal grounds and miles of lakeshore paths.
Although Beatrix Potter was born and brought up in London her parents took her north for her summer holidays. Firstly to Scotland, but when the house they rented there became unavailable they rented Wray Castle. Beatrix was 16 when they stayed here in 1882. Her parents entertained many eminent guests here, including Hardwicke Rawnsley.
His views on the need to preserve the natural beauty of Lakeland had a lasting effect on the young Beatrix. She had already fallen in love with the unspoilt beauty surrounding the holiday home. She bought Hill Top nearby in 1905 with royalties from her first few books, and when she was 47 married and moved to the Lake District. She bought much land in the area, including most of the land surrounding Wray Castle, though she never owned the castle itself.
One of Beatrix Potter’s favourite rooms at Wray Castle was the library. This is one of the rooms recently renovated, with its trompe l’oeil and restored floor.
During your visit to Ambleside we suggest heading to the Ambleside Fish & Chip shop which is located just by Lake Windermere.
Our Favourite Pubs
The Drunken Duck which is only 7 minutes away by car or 20 minutes by foot from Belmount Hall is the perfect place for an evening meal. Click HERE to book your table.
The Outgate Inn is only an 8 minute walk across the fields from Belmount Hall and it sits at the heart of the tiny Lakeland hamlet whose name it shares. Home to some of the best beers and well-kept cask ales, a list of very drinkable wine and a growing reputation for its menu.
Click HERE for more information.
Coniston Water is only a 10 minute drive from Belmount hall. relax but the waterside or even take the Steam Yacht Gondola is the unrivalled sailing experience of the Lake District.
Enjoy the charm of luxury travel once experienced by wealthy Victorians, riding in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks as she glides across Coniston Water.
LAKELAND FARM VISITOR CENTRE
The Lakeland Farm Visitor centre is an authentic Lakeland Farm experience, Farm Shop, Butchers and Farm Kitchen, located between Windermere and Staveley on the A591.
Learn why the modern Lakeland farm is so important to the future and sustainability of The Lakes, and how historic farming has helped form this beautiful landscape helping The Lake District gain World Heritage Status.
WINDERMERE JETTY MUSEUM
Take an adventure to the Lake District’s award-winning museum and visitor destination, a vibrant, family-friendly place dedicated to the boats, people and the rich history of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake.
Our spectacular museum reflects industry and engineering in one of England’s most famously beautiful locations, the Lake District National Park. A working destination, committed to conserving, saving and sharing its internationally important collection.
WINDERMERE LAKE CRUISES
Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. Offering stunning boat services every day on historic ‘steamers’ and modern launches.
No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.
This small lake, just two miles long, near Hawkshead is privately owned. However there is a footpath to the lake from the road just south of Hawkshead which follows the shore for a short time. There is also a small public access area by the lake shore just before Near Sawrey.
YEW TREE FARM
Yew Tree Farm with its distinctive ‘spinning gallery’ is in the beautiful Lake District, in a stunning picturesque setting, it is ideally located for all Lakeland activities. The farmhouse was built in 1690 and is one of the most photographed farms in the North.
Yew Tree Farm’s Herdwick Experience is unsurprisingly very popular! As the Farm offers the chance to privately tour this famous, iconic property and to learn about Herdwick sheep and fell farming in the Lake District. As well as providing the unique opportunity to meet and bond with the Farm’s very friendly ‘Ambassador’ sheep flock, who willingly provide guests lots of photographic opportunities.